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Cliff Wagenbach

Lake Vermilion 2017 open water fishing reports and related information.

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CLOTAGAMES

Have been going to Vermillion for many years but not this early.  What is the bait of choice for early walleye?

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Cliff Wagenbach

Minnows! Fatheads & rainbows. I have had some success with leeches early if the water is warmer then normal.

Crawlers will also get a few fish early.

Cliff

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RoosterMan

Put our boats in the water yesterday and I would second Cliffs comments.  My son also got the first swim of the season out of the way. Brrrrr. Shaping up to be a great opener!!!

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guideman

Like Cliff I plan on fishing in deeper water on opener unless we get blow off of Big bay. Jigs/minnows, split shot rigs and plain lindys during the day and slip bobbers in the evening.

Have a great opener!! ;)

"Ace"

"It's just fishing man"

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HugeHogChaser

I will be on Vermillion Saturday for my first time. Cant wait to catch a few nice fish! Good luck everybody!

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delcecchi
On 5/9/2017 at 10:16 AM, HugeHogChaser said:

I will be on Vermillion Saturday for my first time. Cant wait to catch a few nice fish! Good luck everybody!


Good luck!  Let us know how it went...

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HugeHogChaser
13 hours ago, delcecchi said:


Good luck!  Let us know how it went...

Will do my friend! Thank you! good luck to you as well!

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Wheres_Walter

Good luck, have fun and be safe everyone.  Look forward to hearing some reports and seeing some pics!

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Nix769

Weather forecast looks great!  Which probably means a blizzard Sat am...:D:D

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Skibo
30 minutes ago, Nix769 said:

Weather forecast looks great!  Which probably means a blizzard Sat am...:D:D

Naw, the national and Internet forecasters usually miss the temps up here by 5+ degrees, low.  I wouldn't be surprised to see 70 degrees on Saturday.  Fingers crossed for a good one.  Good luck to all.

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redneckdan

No fishin for me, I was out on water patrol for a few hours.

 

I did mark a LOT of fish in the 20-25' range.

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Cliff Wagenbach

I fished today with my wife's nephew's two sons.

Very slow bite everywhere we went but we did manage to boat 20 walleyes and kept our limit of 12 fish! We marked very few fish today also.

Largest walleye caught was 18-3/4 inches. Most of our keepers were around 14 inch males.

27 feet to 35 feet in the mud or on the mud/sand transition was best.

Lindy rigs with fathead chubs or rainbow chubs was all that we tried.

Cliff

 

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LBerquist

Good to see you again cliff. We picked up a few on a jig and minnow. Lindy rigs with shiners or rainbows seemed to work best. Didn't graph much. Put 14 in the boat, got our limit of 8, biggest was 19.99". Depths were anywhere from 15 to 35 fow. Hooked up with a 30 something inch snot rocket as well. This opener was tougher then I was expecting. Good to be on soft water again.

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Cliff Wagenbach

I agree the opener bite was tougher then I thought it would be but still great to be back on open water again!

Cliff

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megaslam

We did well with jigs and minnow in 20-25 fow on westerly facing shore lines.  Tried a few leeches but still too cold.  Green/white/orange did slightly better than all black.  No hogs but everything we kept was between 14 and 17.  Adding in mild weather it was a great opener!

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CLOTAGAMES

West end Norwegian bite was slower than normal but once again all big fish. Our group of three caught 7 all from 21-27 inches. 

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Cliff Wagenbach

Decent bite started at around 10:00am again today.

We fished in 19' to 24' water with lindy,orange glow bead, and suckers and rainbows.

Nothing real big again but all nice 15" to 17-1/2" keepers! Boated a total of 21 walleyes by 2:00pm.

Much warmer today but more wind!

Cliff

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redlabguy

Thanks for sharing your experience, guys. Some of us are sitting indoors wishing we were there and we appreciate the posts. By the time I get there I foresee wind and rain. Just like I like it.

RLG

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Nix769

Never got out for walleye.  Got the crapps to bite though.  Were a little tight lipped but ultimately missed a few, boated 17, a few nice bluegill and that translated into a great Mother's Day fish fry.  Back to reality until Memorial wknd...

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Hockeyboys

We were on the west end for the weekend.  We went to Black Bay and saw 10-15 boats trolling Shad Raps.  There were 4 of us so we didn't want to try that.  Instead we opted for Lindy Rigs with rainbows.  I've never used Lindy's in water that shallow but it worked!  We boated a total of 13 walleye with 3 keepers from 17 - 20".  The largest throw back was 25 and the other were consistently 21-22".  One guy decided to drag a blue jig tipped with a crappie minnow and landed 6 crappies.  One of them was 14".  I saw very few walleye caught from the trollers.  I'm thinking we did a bit better with Lindy's.

All of that before noon.  We went back that night --- nothing.  I think the boat traffic in Black Bay either drove them out or shut them off.  We tried Norwegian near the end and only 1 fish Saturday night - 28".

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Fish Head

My son and I boated a limit of 14-16 inch males, but we had to work for them.  My son got lucky and landed a 28" walleye in 32 feet.  He was one happy camper.  We landed a few nice smallies too throwing plastics to the shoreline.  

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RoosterMan

It was good to be back on soft water at the cabin again.  The bite was certainly not as I expected it to be, but overall not bad.  When it was all said and done everyone in our group brought their limits home. Caught fish from 10' to 36' fow.  The average size of the fish was very nice.  It was a great opener.  Great to be back with good friends and all the kids that are picking up the tradition of Walleye Opener. 

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    • jkrash
      I heard the guides are on to the walleye bite on the west end, finally the fish have returned and it appears there's a few good year classes.
    • Wanderer
      @Tom Sawyer Its not supposed to be that way.  Is it??  It stinks when everything else gets in the way of spending some time on the water. 😒
    • osok
      I couldn't agree more Jarrid,  modifying the possession/ catch limits would probably help preserve and enhance the fishery. Several years ago when I was still living in the St. Cloud area, there was a lake outside of Albany that a  couple of year classes of Croppies came into their own. After  the increased pressure of both one hard and the following open water season  that lake saw, it was like  the Dead Sea after that.  Personally, if I find an active school, I won't keep my limit, just enough for a meal with the family.   
    • Tom Sawyer
      To call this summer "busy", would be the understatement of the year for me.....
    • Wanderer
      Been out of town for most of my fishing as well.  Looking forward to being in the boat around home in the coming weeks.  It’s just never for the amount of hours I get on board for the out of town trips.  More like 2-4, maybe 6 hours at best here.  Never the marathon 12-15 hour days I’ve been blessed to have a few times this season so far. I did just walk down to the river to make a few casts for my evening fix and picked up a 17.5 smallie on a Pop R.  That’ll have to do for today. 😉
    • toddrun
      Was up on the big V for the last week with the family.  First time for all of us on the lake.  And for a newbie, it was really tough fishing all week long.  We did better than every group we talked to in our resort, but that is not saying much.  Because of weather and other things, we fished for on 5 days, and managed just about 5 limits of Walleye total.  Was a great week to be on the lake though, what a beautiful lake, and everything else was awesome.  Just need better information for next visit.
    • Borch
      Thanks for the compliment.  I've been up in the Cass Lake area the past few weeks.  Did very well on eyes but really struggled to find the crappies and I wasn't alone.   
    • osok
      This surprises me Borch.  5-6 years ago when I was  living in the St. Cloud area, if you looked up "Mr. Consistency"  in the dictionary, your mugshot would come up.  Things must be all whacked out. 
    • jmuff24
      I am a catfish guy, but until now, i was unaware that i can legally use small bullheads for bait. However, I have never actually targeted them before, so i am just wondering if anyone knows of any "hotspots" for bullheads (if there is such a thing)
    • Borch
      Pretty quiet in here.  I've been fishing out of town the past 2 weeks.  Hope to fish the area lakes this week.  Heard reports of a good day crank bite on the chain but not much else.  With the full moon coming up this week may try some evening trolling.  Anyone else having any luck?